Unresponsive hard drives

Joined
Jan 29, 2008
Messages
703
Reaction score
9
Points
18
Location
Mendocino, CA
I've been having some issues with the Mac Pro (A1289) I use at work for video editing. Every so often, one or more of the external hard drives will become unresponsive and appear empty, requiring a force eject. It usually only happens when more than 3 are plugged in. I suspect it's an issue of the power supply not being beefy enough, but what do I know?
 
Joined
Dec 11, 2010
Messages
1,808
Reaction score
40
Points
48
Location
Chicago
Your Mac's Specs
late 2012 mini w/SSD
Do the drives have their own power adapters?
 

pigoo3

Well-known member
Staff member
Admin
Joined
May 20, 2008
Messages
44,212
Reaction score
1,422
Points
113
Location
U.S.
Your Mac's Specs
2017 15" MBP, 16gig ram, 1TB SSD, OS 10.15
Do the drives have their own power adapters?

Great thought!:) If these are USB powered external HD's…could be exceeding the USB ports ability to power them.

- Nick
 
Joined
Nov 28, 2007
Messages
25,564
Reaction score
486
Points
83
Location
Blue Mountains NSW Australia
Your Mac's Specs
Silver M1 iMac 512/16/8/8 macOS 11.6
As suggested invest in a mains powered hub.
 
OP
kahlil88
Joined
Jan 29, 2008
Messages
703
Reaction score
9
Points
18
Location
Mendocino, CA
All the hard drives are FireWire and have external power, except the little ones that get sent out and come back with batches of new media, which gets copied to the main media drive (and rsync'd to the backup drive).
 

Shop Amazon


Shop for your Apple, Mac, iPhone and other computer products on Amazon.
We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon and affiliated sites.
Top